Many of you will be aware Keith Danby announced earlier this year that he would be retiring from his role as chief executive at Safe Families for Children. We are delighted to announce that the board have appointed Kat Osborn as the new chief executive effective from the 1st October 2018.
Kat joined Safe Families in June 2015 as programme director for the East Midland hub. She was then appointed programme director of the Midlands region (following the merger of the East and West Midlands hubs). Kat has been part of the national senior management team since joining the charity and has been an integral part of the growth and development of the programme.
The board are confident Kat has the strategic and spiritual leadership skills to build on the foundation built by the pioneer team, and to take forward and realise the huge potential for making a real difference in children and families lives throughout the UK.
As indicated earlier in the year, Keith Danby will succeed Sir Peter Vardy as chairman from October this year and he has been asked to support Kat working up to three days a week until 31st March 2019.
We would like to pay tribute to the tremendous work Keith has done in establishing Safe Families for Children in the UK until now. No-one could have worked harder, run faster and put more hard miles into establishing this charity. We owe a great deal to him for all he has achieved for us; thousands of families have benefitted, and the evidence is there to prove it.
In handing over the role Keith has said “I am very pleased to be handing this important work onto Kat and the team. I will still be involved, and I look forward to seeing how the work grows and expands over the next few years.”